Your Results – TakeATestUK

Your Results

There are three types of results that we report from our tests: non-reactive, invalid or inconclusive, or reactive.

A non-reactive result means that no indications of the infection or virus you tested for were found in your blood sample. A non-reactive test can be called a negative test.

It does not mean that you are immune in the future – only that the test did not show any indication of the virus or infection in your body at the time of the test.

We recommend regular testing. In the case of HIV, if you have had a high risk exposure in the last four weeks you should repeat a test four weeks after that time. If you happen to have symptoms such as ongoing fever, widespread rash or an ulcer, please present to your local GUM clinic as these tests may not detect early HIV or syphilis infection.

An invalid or inconclusive result means that the test did not work properly and it will have to be repeated. We will contact you via text message to let you know your result has been inconclusive, and give you a number to contact for further information.

A reactive result suggests that indicators of the presence of a virus or infection were found in your sample. One of our expert health advice team will contact you to explain the result and what to do next. As with any STI or BBV testing service, a reactive result needs to be confirmed with several confirmatory tests in a clinical setting before a positive diagnosis can be made.

In the case of a negative reading, your results will be sent to you via text message within ten working days; however in most cases they are available much sooner and you will receive a text as soon as they are ready. In the case of an inconclusive or reactive result, you will be contacted by phone.